Waning Crescent Moon
Waning Crescent MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Waning Crescent in Gemini

Waning Crescent on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 3% and getting smaller. Lunar cycle is 28 days old.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon is entering ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 6 June 2018 at 18:32.

Strawberry Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2018 after 15 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1936"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1889".

Lunation 227 / 1180

The Moon is 28 days old and navigating from the second to the final part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes and it is 50 minutes longer than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠321.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠321.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.3°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 2 June 2018 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 370 313 km

The Moon is 370 313 km (230 102 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 507 km (223 387 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 3 June 2018 at 12:39 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 16 June 2018 at 17:50 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

11 days since the last southern standstill on 1 June 2018 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.727° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.754° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 June 2018 at 00:52 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 13 June 2018 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov